First Spaceship on Venus ()

Der schweigende Stern (original title)
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When an alien artifact discovered on Earth is found to have come from Venus, an international team of astronauts embarks to investigate its origins.


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Die japanische Ärztin / Sumiko Ogimura MD
Oldrich Lukes ...
Amerikanischer Atomphysiker / Prof. Harringway Hawling
Polnischer Chefingenieur / Prof. Saltyk / Prof. Durand
Julius Ongewe ...
Afrikanischer Fernsehtechniker / Talua
Mikhail N. Postnikov ...
Sowjetischer Astronaut / Prof. Arsenew / Prof. Orloff (as Michail N. Postnikow)
Kurt Rackelmann ...
Indischer Mathematiker / Prof. Sikarna
Günther Simon ...
Deutscher Pilot / Robert / Raimund Brinkmann
Hua-Ta Tang ...
Chinesischer Linguist / Dr. Tchen Yu / Lao Tsu
Fernsehreporterin / Joan Moran (as Lucina Winnicka)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Klaus Bamberg ...
Bit Part (uncredited)
Fredy Barten ...
Bit Part (uncredited)
Christoph Beyertt ...
Bit Part (uncredited)
Karl Brenk ...
Bit part (uncredited)
Fritz Decho ...
Reporter (uncredited)
Karen Fredersdorf ...
Brinkmanns Mutter (uncredited)
Intervision-Reporter Jeanne Moreau (uncredited)
Karl-Helge Hofstadt ...
Bit Part (uncredited)
Peter Kiwitt ...
Bit Part (uncredited)
Gertraud Kreissig ...
Reporter (uncredited)
Frau Arsenew (uncredited)
Heinz Kögel ...
Bit Part (uncredited)
Hans Ulrich Laufer ...
Bit Part (uncredited)
Barbara Leonhard ...
Sekretärin (uncredited)
Erich Lie ...
Chinese (uncredited)
Omani Mensah ...
Afrikanischer Funker (uncredited)
Vera Oelschlegel ...
Bit Part (uncredited)
Paul Paulsen ...
Bit part (uncredited)
Lieselotte Schmoock ...
Bit Part (uncredited)
Horst Schäfer ...
Wissenschaftler (uncredited)
Werner Senftleben ...
Funker (uncredited)
(uncredited) (voice)
San Din Tscho ...
Chinese (uncredited)
Nico Turoff ...
Wüstenarbeiter (uncredited)
Eduard von Winterstein ...
Wissenschaftler / Weiland (uncredited)

Directed by

Kurt Maetzig

Written by

Stanislaw Lem ... (novel "Astronauci")
Jan Fethke ... (adaptation) (as J. Fethke) and
Wolfgang Kohlhaase ... (adaptation) (as W. Kohlhase) and
Günter Reisch ... (adaptation) (as G. Reisch) and
Günther Rücker ... (adaptation) (as G. Rücker) and
Alexander Stenbock-Fermor ... (adaptation) (as A. Stenbock-Fermor)
Kurt Maetzig ... (screenplay collaboration)
J. Barkhauer ... () (uncredited)

Music by

Andrzej Markowski

Cinematography by

Joachim Hasler

Film Editing by

Lena Neumann

Production Design by

Alfred Hirschmeier
Lech Kunka ... (as L. Kunka)
Paul Lehmann ... (as P. Lehmann)
T. Mystzorek ... (as T. Myszorek)
Senta Ochs ... (as S. Ochs)
Ryszard Potocki ... (as J. Potocki)
Anatol Radzinowicz
A. Schulz
W. Schäfer

Costume Design by

Elli-Charlotte Löffler ... (as Elli-Charl. Löffler)

Makeup Department

Christa Grewald ... makeup artist
Alois Strasser ... makeup artist

Production Management

Hans Mahlich ... production manager
Martin Sonnabend ... unit manager
Henryk Szlachet ... unit manager
Edward Zajicek ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Doris Borkmann ... assistant director
Hans-Joachim Kasprzik ... assistant director
Hieronim Przybyl ... assistant director

Art Department

Theo Görgens ... property master: exterior

Sound Department

Kurt Eppers ... sound
Werner Klein ... sound
Andrzej Markowski ... sound effects
Günter Witt ... sound

Special Effects by

Helmut Grewald ... special effects
Ernst Kunstmann ... special effects supervisor
Vera Kunstmann ... special effects
Jan Olejniczak ... special effects

Camera and Electrical Department

Helmut Grewald ... assistant camera
Detlev Hertelt ... assistant camera
Herbert Leistikow ... gaffer
Waltraud Pathenheimer ... still photographer

Music Department

Walter Greene ... music editor
Andrzej Markowski ... conductor: DEFA-Sinfonie-Orchester
Josef von Stroheim ... music editor (as Joseph von Stroheim)
Gordon Zahler ... music provider: US soundtrack
Walter Greene ... composer: stock music, US version (uncredited)
Hans J. Salter ... composer: stock music, US version (uncredited)

Other crew

Edmund Goldman ... producer: US dubbing
Hugo Grimaldi ... executive dubbing supervisor
Newton P. Jacobs ... producer, american dubbing
Paul Schreibman ... producer, american dubbing
Hans-Joachim Wallstein ... script editor
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

(U.S. Version) A mysterious magnetic spool found during a construction project is discovered to have originated from Venus. A rocket expedition to Venus is launched to discover the origin of the spool and the race that created it. Written by Leo L. Schwab

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Taglines You are there... on man's most incredible journey! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Der Planet des Todes (East Germany)
  • Milczaca gwiazda (Poland)
  • Spaceship Venus Does Not Reply (World-wide, English title)
  • First Spaceship on Venus (United States)
  • The Silent Star (United States)
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  • 93 min
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Trivia In the original German version, "Brinkman(n)" isn't American but East German, and the "Durand" character is a Soviet cosmonaut by the name of "Prof. Arsenjew" (Arsenyev), "the man who steered the first rocket to the moon"! See more »
Goofs The US release has English dialogue translated from the German. Some of the translation isn't quite right. They keep referring to the power lines as being "high tension" from the German "Spannung" but for electrical lines this would usually be better translated as "High Voltage". (Technical note: In 1960, the term "High Tension" was commonly used as opposed to "High Voltage". "Voltage" in French is "Tension". When designing High-Voltage transmission lines, the utility companies didn't want to alarm people, so they decided to use the term "Tension" instead of Voltage (which is also somewhat appropriate, since high-tension lines also have high tension!)) Also they translate the German word "Automaten" as "automats" which may be better translated as "machines" or "equipment". See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Uma Odisseia Brazuca (2008). See more »

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